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March 9 2011
Crysis 2 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
24/3/2011EA GamesEA GamesCrytek
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-?$99.95
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Battle-scarred New York City in Crysis 2.
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Crysis 2's flame effects are stunning.

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Checking out the Nanosuit 2 (XBox 360 screen).
When it comes to games First Person Shooters are still seen as the hardcore gamers genre of choice. Indeed with franchises like Killzone, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor and Crysis all seeing releases within a four month span gamers have certainly had a wide choice of titles to choose from. The question remains, with the three other titles already released, are gamers ready for another title. We think so, and here's what Crytek's sequel is about...

Crysis 2 is set three years after the events of the first game (making it 2023), the world has been ravaged by a series of climatic disasters and society is on the verge of total breakdown. Now the aliens have returned, with a full invasion force bent on nothing less than the total annihilation of mankind, starting by trying to rip the heart out of Earth's most iconic city. New York's systems are in chaos, its streets and skyline are smashed and in flaming ruin. This is New York City like you've never seen it before.

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Alcatraz fires on some enemies!
Neither paramilitary law enforcement nor the might of the US military machine can stand against the invaders, and all who choose not to flee are dead men walking. Just to survive in this maelstrom of death will require technology beyond anything any modern soldier has ever seen.

One man will inherit that means to survive. One supersoldier, wielding the combat enhancement technology of the future with Nanosuit 2, will make the last stand to save humanity from destruction in the urban jungle that is New York City.

As with other Crytek titles we expect this game to be impressive in terms of enemy AI (Crytek boss Cervat Yerli has even stated it surpasses all other games) while the Nanosuit 2 gives the main character, known as Alcatraz, a series of combat tactics such as a Power Mode (which combines the Strength and Speed from the original game), an Armor Mode, and Cloaking Mode among other supersolder abilities. His weapons are also fully upgradable which should provide some variety and customisation. The developers have said that the single player campaign will last 10-12 hours, with the multiplayer expected to take around five times as long to unlock everything.

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The Enhanced Visor in Crysis 2.
Multiplayer will also play a major part of this release and, sadly, despite XBox 360 and PC demos being released recently there still isn't any sign of a PS3 demo available. In terms of game modes though Team Instant Action is a Team Deathmatch styled game while Crash Site is a little different, seeing gamers defend a series of control points in the map. When playing online gamers have a selection of five classes - Assault, Scout, Sniper, Demolitions and Defence. Thankfully Electronic Arts won't be implementing their "Online Pass" in Crysis 2 - and while not confirmed it was due to them, Crytek have stated it was so as many people as possible would play online.

Visuals in any of Crytek's titles are always impressive, from the groundbreaking Far Cry to the equally groundbreaking Crysis they have always managed to push the envelope. Crysis 2 is interesting in that the developers have promised one of the best games visually on consoles, and uses their all new Cry Engine 3. One question remains, however, with the PS3 version of the game not being shown off on Sony's console until the Game Developers Conference this month!

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Checking out the Skill Assessments.
Another aspect of the this title which has received plenty of positive press, is the inclusion of 3D support for those with 3DTV's. According to Crytek the impact on the games frame rate and visuals are minimal, so it will be interesting to see how well this pans out.

The start of 2011 is littered with First Person Shooters, but Crytek's Crysis 2 is one of the most impressive looking titles, and with the original game being so brilliant one can only hope this sequel will impress on Sony's console. Expect a release in late March.